New York - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat will start for the Eastern Conference in next month's All-Star Game.
The starters for both teams were announced Thursday, and joining the Heat tandem on the East's squad is center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, forward Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks and point guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.
For the Western Conference, Rockets center Yao Ming was voted in as a starter for the eighth time despite undergoing season-ending ankle surgery earlier this month. Yao's replacement has yet to be announced.
Those who will actually start for the West during the February 20 showcase are forwards Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets, and guards Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant was elected to his 13th All Star contest and will be playing in front of his home fans at Staples Center.
The reserves for the game will be announced at a later date.